rocknbil - 5:16 pm on Mar 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
I don't know that there's a lot we can do about it, I'm beginning to see the web in three (general) categories: web sites designed for the users, "home grown" web sites by amateurs designed to please only one person and his or her small circle of fans, and these, web sites designed for the client (site owner.) In the words of "'Nando", "it is always better to look good than to feel good." (.sarc.) I deal with these all the time, and can't argue against the fact that the checks are always good.
What should a site owner do? Choose an image or approach that speaks to your users. If everyone else is doing "that," you need to find out what differentiates your site from "them," and choose your imagery accordingly, eliminating "that" from your choices. It's not an easy thing to do, a crystal ball is helpful.